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post #1216 of 1302
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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post

For me the AK120 is the best sounding DAP I own, period, regardless of setup.


Would you consider sending it to RWA for modding?

post #1217 of 1302
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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post

For me the AK120 is the best sounding DAP I own, period, regardless of setup.

 

Thanks for that - it's significant coming from the OP of this thread.  :D

 

But have you any reservations with the AK120 regarding gapless playback, navigation, the UI, the quality of the SPDIF out, and all around lack of bugs?

 

Thanks,

 

Mike

(Trying not to be a nuisance...)

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Thread Starter 
Gapless playback isn't a problem, the UI is entuitive and generally speaking, it works. The only 2 issues I have is, one, it should have had a faster processor, navigating the UI is slow, and, two, the only bug I've experienced is sometimes the player will stop recognizing my SDCard. When that happens I have to shut the player down pop out my card start the player and pop in my card and let the player rescan my files. Why that happens is beyond me but it's fixable and has only happened a couple of times. The only other issue I have with it is I wish it was cheaper.
post #1219 of 1302

Thank you DF!  

 

That gives me a really good inventory of the "cons" for the AK120 - at least in the areas I'm most concerned about.  And yeah, the price is the biggest "con" of all (and makes the Sony PCM-D100 seem affordable at $799.)

 

Mike

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Mike, could you please buy the Sony, hook it up to your Stepdance and post a review then.......lol
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Yeah Mike, please do that. We need someone to take one for the team, lol.
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LOL  

 

I've been on the cusp of ordering the PCM-D100 ever since it first started shipping to the U.S, March 1st.  But now, inventories are depleted at most retailers, so the pressure is off, for the time being...

 

Meanwhile, I'm having a really tough time getting a solid answer from a Sony Pro support rep regarding whether or not the DSP2.8-capable PCM-D100 can output anything "better" than 192kHz/24-bit PCM via the S/PDIF optical output.  (I strongly suspect it can't, but for over a week now, he has been unable to get an answer from Sony Japan and the specs aren't clear on this point.)

 

Tick, tock, tick, tock...

 

Mike

post #1223 of 1302
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post
 

 

Thanks for that - it's significant coming from the OP of this thread.  :D

 

But have you any reservations with the AK120 regarding gapless playback, navigation, the UI, the quality of the SPDIF out, and all around lack of bugs?

 

Thanks,

 

Mike

(Trying not to be a nuisance...)

well if i may add i guess "best" its a very personal thing. Without a doubt the ak120 has really awesome sound quality. However like what you mentioned issues with regards to gapless playback, UI so on so forth. I believe its all about how much it really affects you. Like i know of people who get so irritated with the playlist issue but it doesn't really bother me. It was never an issue to me. In fact all the mentioned issues never bothered me cos they never interfered with my listening enjoyment. Thus in my opinion the AK120 is by far the best and my favorite player. I guess its a really personal thing. 

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Just dropped into this thread...any smiles on the Hifiman 700 dap...the UI causing any great concern ? 

post #1225 of 1302
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Originally Posted by daltonljj View Post
 

well if i may add i guess "best" its a very personal thing. Without a doubt the ak120 has really awesome sound quality. However like what you mentioned issues with regards to gapless playback, UI so on so forth. I believe its all about how much it really affects you. Like i know of people who get so irritated with the playlist issue but it doesn't really bother me. It was never an issue to me. In fact all the mentioned issues never bothered me cos they never interfered with my listening enjoyment. Thus in my opinion the AK120 is by far the best and my favorite player. I guess its a really personal thing. 

Good point, I should watch how I express myself. The more correct answer is, "for me" its the best I own. It might not necessarily be the case for other people though.

 

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Just dropped into this thread...any smiles on the Hifiman 700 dap...the UI causing any great concern ? 

To my knowledge we've yet to have anyone voice any opinions on a HifiMan DAP.

post #1226 of 1302

Oh my...

 

Any subscriber to this thread who's considering the FiiO X5 (people like me) should just start reading post after post beginning here, posted less than 24 hours ago:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/661411/fiio-x5-thread-info-updated-on-jan-17th-2014/8250#post_10506503

 

These are excerpts of only the negative posts - again, from the past 24 hours:

 

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Can somebody explain how to fix it: when I transfer my alac files from my mac to X5, double files are created for every track with begin with _ sign. They are 0 bytes but effecting gap less playback. Can I fix it myself or need to be fixed by Fiio as a bug?

 

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One crash happened when changing between prev/next/prev songs... changing to the previous song was delayed, so I think I hit it again, then it was playing the wrong song so I went forward again and it crashed. 

 

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is it me or or is the equalizer not work with high res files?

EQ works with 44.1Khz/16Bits and 44.1Khz/24 Bits

EQ does not work with 88.2Khz/24 bits or 96Khz/24 Bits

I am using X5, FW 2.0

 

 

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 I would love if when in USB DAC mode you could just turn the wheel to turn the volume up/down, even if the screen is off. Kind of annoying to press the power button, press the volume buttons and then use the wheel (not necessary but easier than the buttons to me)

 

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Also getting very slow playback on DAC mode... sometimes it is finicky when switching between Storage and DAC, so I have to switch back and forth and unplug and replug the wire back in to get it to work.. this time it's playing my songs back at like half the speed or slower (I've also had it play back at 200% speed before). Restarting fixes it, though.

 

FW 2.0

 

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 the volume buttons do work, but you just can't hold them down, you have to push them in one step at a time (*click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click* *click*) 

 

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I just had a lockup on my X5, while playing a tune I went into the settings to change the screen timeout and it could not be selected. When I tried to go back to the tune nothing would happen and the X5 was frozen.

 

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Anyone else having tracks skip while listening to the X5 under FW 2.0? I have gotten it a few times now, rather annoying, luckily turning it off and back on has fixed it each time so far.

 

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I had that happen to me(skip/lag/distort - I don't know how exactly to explain it)

 

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The rubber closure of the 2nd TF card slot just broke off, is this easily replacable?

 

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yes.. just rip off the other side and its fixed...

 

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After a few days of playing around, I'm not confident that I want to keep my X5.  It does a lot of things well, but it also has some serious quirks that make it somewhat frustrating to work with for me. 

 

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As it is now, every file on every album is alphabetical :(

 

I am having real difficulty getting the player to recognize my .dff and .dsf files.  I've tried re extracting them from .iso to ensure they are not compressed, but no luck.  I'm not sure what to try next.

 

I'm bugged by the operation of the volume rocker, and the reliance on a "duration of press" method of control, which I don't personally favor.

 

I'm also running into a lot of inconsistency with album art and lyrics.  I have these things attached to all my files, and they all display properly in JRiver.  However, when transferring them over (even when embedding album art into the files) it's hit and miss.  Some albums work, and some don't.  I don't even really need album art, but the inconsistency is maddening.

 

I'm a little bugged by the feel of the click wheel, specifically how it rocks in its housing, and how sensitive it seems to be to small movements.  I have a devil of a time choosing the right icon.

 

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I just updated the firmware to 2.0.

 

I try to install the USB DAC driver but the installer can't detect my device. I'm using Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, fully updated.

 

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My $40 Sansa Clip has much less CPU power and CAN Equalize High-Res files without any problems. I don't think that CPU power of the X5 is the problem and I remain hopefull they this can be fixed in a future FW version.
 
I keep hoping on hope that I can find a "real" DAP that actually functions as intended, because I have very little tolerance for stuff like this - and for enabling manufacturers of junk. 
 
I'm beginning to think that only the $799 Sony PCM-D100 has any chance of replacing the "DAP" I've been using for over three years - my totally bug-free 96/24-capable Sony PCM-M10 recorder/player that's running firmware version 1.0.0.
 

 

post #1227 of 1302

Long story short: There is no perfect dap. Get Clip+ and Rockbox it, you are ready to go!

post #1228 of 1302
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post
 

Long story short: There is no perfect dap. Get Clip+ and Rockbox it, you are ready to go!

 

Yes!  How could I forget to mention my Sansa Clip+?  I do indeed enjoy using it when I want to go ultra-light (with the Sennheiser Amperior) - amazing!:

 

Sanza Clip+ with Sennheiser Amperior

post #1229 of 1302

Did I already mention my totally bug free Iod Classic?????:L3000:

post #1230 of 1302

Havent read the whole thread, so maybe it was already discussed...

But I just recently received the DX90 earlier this week.

I have nothing to compare it to, besides my memories of a rockboxed Sansa Clip+ SE425, not its DX90+SE846

 

I dont find it buggy at all, didn't had any issues with it. The ui is not like an ipod, but way better then the sansa :)

I would have done it from other material to make it weight less, but im very pleased with the overall quality, the jacks quality and the clean signal coming out from it.

If only there were 2TB MircoSDs :)

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